Find a spot in Nature and “stay” there for a while.
That’s what I did in this little corner of our Nature Habitat. All kinds of amazing things were going on…
Damp and rainy weather gave way to sun. Brightness revealed fungi that has been blooming on moisture soaked fallen tree branches and limbs. Aren’t the textures and colors intriguing? Did you know that mushrooms are the fruits of fungus? Some grow beneath the soil, some above.
Lichens were noticeably subtle and fully hydrated… much more robust in appearance than I recall they were in the dry summer months.
A tangle of brown grasses, leafless trees and shrubbery framed plants that proudly boosted shades of green. Verdant ferns, holly, salal, and scrubbing reeds were vividly illuminated by the winter sun.
I’m not sure who enjoyed this little corner of the riparian zone more…
the birds (look carefully, stay with the photo until you spot the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Dark-eyed Juncos) –
Or the squirrels (feeding on Douglas fir cone; then frolicking through their understory gymnasium) –
As I turned to head for home, a familiar sound beckoned me to stay and look up-
A flock of Canada Geese were flying NORTH… could this be a sign of early spring this year?
I won’t argue if winter decides not to … “stay.”